First Data Corp has finalised a global partnership agreement with Cards etc, the Sydney-based developer of Arterium, a lifetime relationship management system for multi-product smart cards.
Alison Colquhoun, vice president smart commerce, First Data Resources, says that First Data has selected Arterium as the solution of choice for its multi-product smart card management requirements globally.
"We are working closely with Cards etc to progressively roll-out services which add platform support, card lifecycle features and enhanced functionality to our chip-enabled programmes. Initially, the focus has been on supporting our US-based customers. However, mandated EMV migration in Europe and Asia has increasingly created the need for comprehensive, lifecycle management support at First Data Europe and in PaySys' VisionPlus product suite," she says.
The Arterium infrastructure now supports both Multos and Javacard/Open Platform operating systems, as well as a growing number of payment and non-payment related smart card applications (including VSDC and M/Chip), claims Cards etc.